Legends, dead and buried..

I write this post as for the past few months my Twitter dash has been inundated with tributes to Marilyn Monroe (tattoos, quotes etc).
Now before I start I must admit I do like her, she was one of the actresses that triggered the start of the Hollywood sex symbol.  She was a blonde bombshell and every man alive wanted a piece of her. This cute and endearing young woman was loved by men and women alike.

She reminds me of my childhood, sitting with my gran watching her films will always be some of my favourite memories.  I watched a film of hers today and was happy during every minute of it as I watched the same film many times with my wee gran.  But would she still be as amazing if she didn't tragically die?  Would she still be held up so high, a cult figure?  Maybe, but not to the extent that she is now.  Or at least, I don't think so.  It seems that when a celeb dies, everyone decides that they adore them.  Marilyn will always have a special place in my heart because of my childhood, but I don't worship the grounds she walked on. 

This is evident over and over again.

For example, the Olympic opening ceremony.  On my twitter I seen a lot of people giving Sir Paul McCartney abuse, saying he was past it and had lost his magic etc.  Some comments were down right nasty. Would the same be said about John Lennon?  Doubtful.  He was murdered and went out at the peak of his career, so his legend can't and won't be widely criticized.   Paul managed to make it to a ripe old age, so apparently he is fair game for critics.  Did they all forget he was a member of the Beatles?!  Arguably the most famous rock band in the world, the band that changed a generation of people and changed the face of music forever?  They must have forgotten, I see no other answer to it.

Look at Nirvana.  Now I like them, I do.   But I don't think they are the best rock band that has ever lived or ever will live.  Cobain's reputation sky rocketed after his death.   Millions now hail him as the father of grunge and vow that nobody will ever come close to his level.  If he was still alive would it be still be like this?  I doubt it.  Look at Dave Grohl, I love the guy but he isn't deified by his fans the way Cobain was and still is.  And the other guy from Nirvana, is he amazing?  Nope, hardly anyone even knows that guys name.

My point to this ramble is this, I wish people wouldn't go on about how sad it is that a celebrity is dead if they only feel like that because everyone else does.
If you genuinely love that person, then fair enough.  I'm not saying nobody can be upset if someone in the public eye dies, I've been there.
I accept that it can be hard if you genuinely respect the person.  When The Rev, Avenged Sevenfold's drummer died I was upset.  He was in one of my favourite bands and I was sad to see him go, my band forever changed.  But I see so many people picking and choosing if and when they like someone.  I seen tweets from people I know, heartbroken about Marilyn/Michael Jackson/Amy Winehouse etc, and I've never ever heard them talk about them before.  It just makes no sense and the falseness annoys me.

The examples are endless.  Whitney Houston went from an out-dated crack whore to a poor misguided spirit in the blink of an eye.  Jade Goody went from vile racist to a brave, inspiring mother in weeks.   Amy Winehouse went from a disgusting junkie lowlife to a lost talented soul overnight.  Michael Jackson went from being The King of Pop, to Wacko Jacko, then back to The King of Pop again.

When I die, I swear I will haunt anyone who dare tries to act upset if they didn't actually like me.

7 comments:

  1. This! Although in saying that I was devastated when Paul from Slipknot died :(

    And the guy from nirvana is called Kris Novoselic (I think....) haha. I think people feel the need to draw inspiration from someone and they turn to those who have passed away to do so. My wee granny calls it "the candle in the wind effect"! X

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    1. Oh yeh! I forgot to add him in. I get it if people were fans but otherwise...?!?! Thats true, and what a suitable name! xox

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  2. I can't even tell you how much I agree. It's so silly, particularly with the media, they were always ripping Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse to shreds in the tabloids, then when they died the arseholes just turn face and become all sympathetic and sappy. It's so fake.

    I also hate the whole idolizing people even if you don't really know who they are/were. Kids wearing Nirvana T Shirts who know Smells Like Teen Spirit and heard Lithium once and that's it, or going on about Marilyn Monroe but never having actually watched any of her films etc. Very frustrating, you can't claim to be a fan of something if you haven't at least begun to explore what they did and who they were!

    Bella . BELLAETC

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    1. It is sooo silly, I just dont get how you can love someone you once hated / dont know! And its so funny know that Primark etc are selling cult band ts and seeing loads of people wearing it that have no clue who they are lol! xox

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  3. Hahaha I love this post, so true! Another one that really gets me is all those Coco Chanel quotes! xxx

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  4. Brilliant! I totally agree, I was talking to a girl the other day who was wearing a 'Def Leppard' t-shirt. I was obviously SO excited to find someone who also liked them and began talking about them to her...she didn't know ANY of their songs (face palm). I just don't even know!
    Steff Xx
    (Really glad that I've just come across your blog, here to stay!!!)
    http://stephaniemaverick.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. I've already told people that my funeral will be guest list only.

    My reason? "If you wouldn't make the effort for my birthday, don't make the effort for my funeral".

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